THE FALL OF THE RIGHTEOUS
“Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.” Ezek 33:12
Counterfeit Christians, who still commit sin, will often appeal to the following verse in Proverbs as proof they can “sin and repent”; ”sin and repent”; “sin and repent” many times and still rise up and be forgiven:
“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. “ Proverbs 24:16
They are deceived!
That verse has nothing to do with sin. It is about just people falling into circumstances that cause distress. In context, it is about his resting place being spoiled by the wicked.
“Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:” Proverbs 24:15
Adam Clarke writes:
“Falleth seven times - Gets very often into distresses through his resting place being spoiled by the wicked man, the robber, the spoiler of the desert, lying in wait for this purpose, Pro_24:15.
And riseth up again - Though God permit the hand of violence sometimes to spoil his tent, temptations to assail his mind, and afflictions to press down his body, he constantly emerges; and every time he passes through the furnace, he comes out brighter and more refined.” Clarke